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Global South African News Wrap – 1 February 2012

Global South African News Wrap – 1 February 2012

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Global South African News Wrap – 1 February 2012
Nkandla: The letter that shows Zuma was aware of the upgradesInside the ANC's war with FNBNPA ‘wasting funds’ pursuing Breytenbach ANC, FNB spat is likely to silence business sector Marikana counsel decries ‘absence of evidence’ AU hails economic confidence booster Questions remain over Zuma’s Nkandla spendingRamphele’s party hits hurdle as big names elude itMedical school to revolutionise emergency careZille attacks ANC for ‘inventing’ claimsRamphele’s statement does not deny talk of her starting her own partyBlack economic empowerment compliance ‘voluntary’ for companies ANC sword raised over Limpopo’s executiveBid to stop grant fraudTwelve million going to bed hungry in SAMac Maharaj: The 'foul secret' that has torn sister from sister  Anglo American - Haunted by history A government with something to hideEducation charter ‘sets out state role’League president will enjoy raised profileSARS rejects Malema’s settlement offer Direct investment in SA ‘lags that of Brics peers’ ANC keen to show it still favours wage subsidy to aid job creation for youthsEskom price strategy ‘will see industry flee from SAEducation charter schools pupils on their rights
 
 27 January 2013
 
Mail and Guardian
 
Staff 
 
Nkandla: The letter that shows Zuma was aware of the upgrades
The M&G is publishing a letter that dispels Thulas Nxesi's insistence thatJacob Zuma knew nothing of the R200-million upgrades to his Nkandla home.The letter, containing a detailed progress report for presentation to PresidentJacob Zuma, was sent on November 5 2010 by the department's minister atthe time, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde. It stipulated the work done on thesecurity installations at Zuma's private residence.The letter forms part of a number of documents that the
M&G
reported on lastyear, which showed that Zuma was indeed provided with exhaustive detailsabout progress on the Nkandla security project in November 2010. This wasafter he stated in Parliament that he was not aware of the scale of construction on the project.On Sunday Nxesi told journalists that after a ministerial investigation intoNkandla's funding, there was no evidence that state monies were used in itsupgrades. But he confirmed over R200-million had been used on securitymeasures after the property had been deemed a national key point. He addedthat Zuma was not aware of any details regarding the upgrades.The documents, which referred euphemistically to the Nkandla expansion as"prestige project A", revealed how Zuma's supposed private contributiondwindled by half from more than R20-million to slightly more than R10-million,while the total costs more than doubled.They also showed that state funds were spent on buildings for the personaluse of the Zuma family and not only for new, adjoining security infrastructure,as claimed by the department of public works when first confronted about theR250-million spent on Nkandla.The renovations at the president's rural residence became a bone of contention in 2012, when it was reported that over R250-million of publicfunds would be used for the upgrades.The report instituted by Nxesi confirmed the state paid R206-million for thesecurity measures. According to the report, R71-million was spent directly on security, while afurther R135-million was spent on operational costs incurred by statedepartments involved in the upgrade.
 
27 January 2013
 
Sunday Times
 
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Thabo Mokone, Caiphus Kgosana, Sibusiso Ngalwa and SibongakonkeShoba
 
Inside the ANC's war with FNB
Firstrand CEO Sizwe Nxasana desperately tried to head off a showdown withthe ANC over an advertising campaign by its subsidiary, FNB, featuring youngSouth Africans criticising the government.The Sunday Times can reveal that on Monday morning, just after the ANCYouth League issued a statement accusing FNB of "treason", Nxasana sentan SMS to Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.The minister had been called "brainless" by a youngster in one of the onlineclips.In the SMS Nxasana wrote: "Good Morning Minister. I have instructed FNB toremove the video clips from their website this morning. I will investigate howand why the clips ended [up] on their website. Sincere apologies for this.Sizwe."Motshekga's spokesman, Panyaza Lesufi, confirmed that she had receivedthe SMS but declined to comment further, referring queries to the ANC.Nxasana could not be reached for comment. His office referred all queries toFNB.But Nxasana's swift apology did little to ease the anger directed at the bank.On Friday he, along with FNB executives, publicly apologised after a tensemeeting with ANC bosses at Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters indowntown Johannesburg.Insiders said that contrite FNB executives were hauled over the coals in themeeting, held behind closed doors.The meeting was attended by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, hisdeputy Jessie Duarte, treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, economictransformation head Enoch Godongwana and party spokesman JacksonMthembu.FNB was represented by Nxasana, FNB CEO Michael Jordaan, FNB public-sector banking head Danny Zandamela and the bank's chief marketing officer,Bernice Samuels.

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